Apple released its newest phones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, on Sept. 19. As usual the hype was big, but many complaints have since surfaced. Specific issues include the bendable aluminum body and the glitchy iOS 8 software update.
Some say that Apple is behind its competitors in terms of the size, performance and power of its new models. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus face stiff competition from their Samsung and LG counterparts, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3.
Several people on campus already have the iPhone 6. We talked with them to hear their thoughts on the new phones as well as get their opinions on the issues surrounding the release.
Freshman Natasha Telschow had an iPhone 5 just before making the upgrade. She noted that the size of the iPhone 6 was “something to adjust to, but it’s a lot nicer for watching videos, reading and general usage. So far, I haven’t found anything that I really don’t like about it.” Freshman Michael McClelland was also a previous iPhone 5 owner. He echoed Telschow’s comments, saying, “I love [the iPhone 6]. It fits perfectly in my hand, runs fast, has definitely longer battery life, is crazy thin and kinda slippery, but overall really great. I love how I can actually make it through the day on one charge while being able to Snapchat to my heart’s content.”
Ferguson resident counselor Dan Schneider, also a new iPhone 6 owner, said, “I like the smoothness of the whole thing, iOS 8 and the future use of Apple Pay. But I don’t like that the camera isn’t flush with the back, so you can’t lay it completely flat on a table.”
All three agree on another factor: they are not worried about it bending because they feel it had more to do with the iPhone 6 Plus. “Even though its made out of aluminum, I’m not worried about the bending,” McClelland said. “The 6 seems to be sturdier than the 6 Plus because of the size difference.”
Regarding the new software, Telschow commented, “I like the general set up of iOS 8, but all of the bugs that Apple has been working out with it has been a small problem, but nothing major.” Schneider said, “I love it. I loathe Android; it is the sole reason I won’t consider a Samsung phone. A Samsung phone is probably technologically superior to the iPhone, but because it runs Android, I will never get one. IOS 8 is far more crisp, clean and user-friendly. It nicely links and syncs with all my other Apple products, and I trust it.”
Sophomore Evan Dauterman is a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active user, one of the iPhone 6’s biggest competitors. Interestingly enough, Dauterman had only iPhones prior to switching to the Galaxy. Dauterman decided to make the switch because he wanted more customizable features and wanted “a faster and higher-resolution phone for the same price.” Additionally, he noted that “specs like screen resolution, cameras, processor, etc. are the same, if not better than, the iPhone.”
In the end, it seems all smartphones have their pros and cons. Current iPhone 6 users seem happy overall. As McClelland concluded, “In the end, I’m definitely happy I got it. It’s nice having the bigger and clearer screen, larger keyboard, and longer battery life. It’s overall a great upgrade.”
Schneider also offered some final advice for iPhone users considering an upgrade. “My recommendation is that if you have a 5 or older, you should upgrade. But if you have the 5s, stay on the ‘s’ cycle because the ‘s’ ones are always better. As awesome as this 6 is, the 6s is going to be perfect, and probably have a Sapphire screen.”